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Name: Bob P.
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Age:  40s
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Date: 2000-2001


Question:
How did the symbols E, B, H, and D come to be used to represent what they do in Maxwell's equations? What's the history behind them?


Replies:
I believe these are accidents of history. You may be able to find out some background by thumbing through the 3 volumes of Richard Feynmann's "Lectures on Physics". He tends to give little anecdotes about how things got to be called what they are.

Vince Calder



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